UrbanIxD is a Coordination Action project, running from 2013 – 2014, for the European Commission under the Future and Emerging Technologies programme. This Coordination Action will define a coherent multidisciplinary research community working in the domain of technologically augmented, data-rich urban environments, with particular focus on the human activities, experiences and behaviours that occur within them (Interaction Design).

The project will employ a “Critical Design” methodology to explore social and technological issues that will be important to future FET research agendas.

This Critical Design methodology will act as a catalyst for reflection and examination, leading to a high-profile public outreach programme, including an exhibition, and will enable the production of an informed Research Agenda output. This Agenda document will use the exploratory design activities carried out across the duration of the project to reflect upon emergent issues, and synthesise these into a focussed statement on future research directions.

Interaction Design, in an urban context, (UrbanIxD) is an increasingly important field of research. City populations are currently in a state of rapid flux. Conurbations are fast becoming a hybrid of the physical environment and the digital world. How we, as physical beings, will connect with, interpret and adapt this increasing dataflow residing in our cities is already becoming a significant research question.


  • Michael Smyth, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Martin Brynskov, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Gianluca Zaffiro, Telecom Italia, Italy
  • Ivica Mitrovic, University of Split, Croatia


To learn more about the UrbanIxD project please visit urbanixd.eu. And don’t forget to join the UrbanIxD network.